James Rosenquist

  • Paint­ing as Im­mer­sion
    November 18, 2017 - March 4, 2018
    Museum Ludwig
    Cologne, Germany

    In a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion by James Rosen­quist (1933–2017), for the first time ev­er the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will pre­sent works by this renowned rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Amer­i­can Pop Art in the con­text of their cul­tu­r­al, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. Along with archive ma­te­rials and doc­u­ments de­sig­nat­ed by the artist as source ma­te­rials, some of which have not pre­vi­ous­ly been ex­hi­b­it­ed, the show will re­veal a his­tor­i­cal cos­mos. Af­ter all, James Rosen­quist’s com­po­si­tions are to a large ex­tent the re­sult of his marked in­ter­est in the po­lit­i­cal events of his time.

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  • James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017)
    March 31, 2017 - March 31, 2017

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is deeply saddened by the loss of James Rosenquist who passed away on Friday, March 31st at the age of 83. He will be remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of Pop Art.

    James Rosenquist (1933-2017) was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1955 he went to New York to study art at the Art Students League with renowned teachers such as German Dadaist George Grosz and Edwin Dickinson. Drawing upon his experience as a billboard painter he started incorporating images from mass media and advertising into large-scale canvases in the 1960s. He portrayed modern life by creating visually striking compositions of cropped and fragmented images of cars, movie stars, food etc. While his paintings are executed in a realistic style, James Rosenquist always gives them a distinctive sense of mystery. 

    He is considered as one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement along with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. One of his most renowned works is the 86ft-long “F-111” (1964-65), titled after a US military jet the work is notably a protest against American militarism. In the 1970s, he turned to geo-political, existentialist and environmental themes and later his paintings revealed a futuristic abstraction. 

    Today, James Rosenquist’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern and MoMA amongst others. The Guggenheim Museum organized in 2003 one of the most important retrospective exhibition on the artist which travelled around the world. On this occasion The New York Times wrote that his “art’s formal ingenuity can jump out at you as forcefully as the grill of a Ford or a fragment of Marilyn Monroe’s lips”.

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has worked with the artist for 25 years. His first exhibition at the gallery took place in 1992. His latest survey show “Four Decades 1970-2010” was on view between September and December 2016 at the Paris Pantin gallery. In November 2017 the Museum Ludwig in Cologne will host a major exhibition of his work titled “Painting as immersion”.

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    December 10, 2016 - December 10, 2016
    93500 PANTIN

    A l'occasion de l'exposition "James Rosenquist, Four Decades, 1970-2010", l'artiste Erró et Ann Hindry, historienne de l'art, échangeront sur la trajectoire et l’oeuvre du maître du pop art, le samedi 10 décembre prochain à 16h, à la Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin.
    Depuis la fin des années 1950, à travers une iconographie complexe, James Rosenquist a exprimé sa préoccupation pour le destin social, politique, économique et environnemental de la planète. Cette exposition souligne la portée de sa peinture et fournit une vision étendue de son travail jusqu’à ses développements les plus récents.

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